Phiyega assesses Lonmin violence


JOHANNESBURG - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega on Monday visited the volatile Lonmin Marikana mining area in the North West Province.

At least six people, including two police officers, were killed in violent clashes.

It is believed the violence in centred around a conflict between workers affiliated to the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) and Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU).

Lonmin CEO Barnard Mokoena said, “The miners seem to work only after sunset. During the day, it is mainly calm. I saw hundreds of them on a hill and police went there to inspect.”

Officers will monitor the situation overnight.

Earlier on Monday, two policemen were killed.

It is understood the group left the area immediately after the murders. 

Officials also discovered the bodies of two employees and two security guards.

One worker was shot five times in the upper body and the other hacked to death.

Mokwena said they are still not sure what led to the violence.

“Until I am given grievances or a memorandum, I do not want to speculate. My only conclusion now is this is this is criminal.”

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)